22 days in Kentucky Itinerary

22 days in Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Kentucky journey planner

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Louisville
— 12 nights
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Newport
— 9 nights
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Louisville

— 12 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Explore hidden gems such as Cave Hill Cemetery and Kentucky Kingdom. Popular historic sites such as Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) and West Main Historic District are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Louisville: Lincoln City (Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial & Lincoln State Park), Indianapolis (Indiana State Capitol, City-County Building Observatory, &more) and Corydon (Golf Shores Fun Center, Constitution Elm, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Frazier History Museum, get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, stop by Frankfort Ave, and walk around Cherokee Park.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisville tour planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Louisville. In May in Louisville, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Newport.

Things to do in Louisville

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Newport

— 9 nights
Newport is a home rule-class city at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking rivers in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum will appeal to history buffs. The Wright Cycle Company Complex and American Sign Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Newport: Columbus (Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum, Short North Arts District, &more), The Eiteljorg Museum (in Indianapolis) and Dayton (Carillon Historical Park, Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, &more). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Charleston Falls Preserve, delve into the distant past at Serpent Mound, explore the striking landscape of Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, and take in the views from Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Newport trip planner.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Newport takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Louisville in May, plan for little chillier nights in Newport, with lows around 53°F. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Newport

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.